When meeting and talking with prospective students, a question I am often asked is “What is there to do for fun in Orange City on the weekends?” While Orange City may be considered a small town compared to Des Moines, Sioux City or Sioux Falls, it still has fun activities to offer Northwestern students. Below is a list of activities students can do in Orange City, including some that are free and some that require some spending.
Hanging out on the campus green while playing Spikeball, disc golf, or gennis (Northwestern’s very own combination of golf and tennis); lounging in a hammock or relaxing on a blanket
Taking a bike ride around Orange City. The Learning Commons on campus has bikes that students can check out for free. There are even tandem bikes for you to ride with a friend!
Going on a walk or run through Orange City or down the Puddle Jumper Trail
Playing board games with friends
Hosting movie nights with movies you already own, movies provided by media streaming services or movies available at the library
Having a bonfire in the campus fire pit
Going to see a movie at Orange City’s Holland Plaza Theatre. On Tuesdays, admission is reduced to $5 with $2 beverages and popcorn!
Eating out with friends is always an option with Orange City’s variety of restaurants
Having coffee with a friend or studying at the coffee shop
Going to the bakery at midnight for donuts that cost only $1 on Fridays
There is always the option of traveling to bigger cities such as Sioux City or Sioux Falls for more options, but Orange City is a town that is worth getting to know. My friends and I often find ourselves coming up with our own ways to have fun on the weekends whether it is in our dorm, around campus or throughout Orange City.